Significant Changes to IATA’s 56th Edition DGR
This fall, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will publish the 56th Edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations. Compliance with the 56th edition DGR is mandatory starting January 1, 2015. To help shippers stay up-to-date with the latest hazmat air shipping rules, below is a summary of major changes that will appear in IATA’s forthcoming edition:
“Hidden Dangerous Goods” – GHS Labels on Packages
Under paragraph 2.2.2, IATA added a note that alerts package handlers that diamond-shaped hazard communication pictograms-required under the Globally Harmonized System for Classifying and Labeling Chemicals (GHS)-may indicate that a package contains hazardous materials/dangerous goods. The note will help freight forwarders, ground handling agents, and operators identify hazardous shipments.
Updates to the List of Dangerous Goods (IATA 4.2)
The 56th edition DGR will include a number of new and revised entries on IATA’s List of Dangerous Goods, including:
- Adding 17 new entries for absorbed gases (UN 3510-3526), including nine general, N.O.S. entries.
- Removing the packing group from all articles that had been assigned a packing group, including lithium batteries.
- Deleting the Proper Shipping Names “air bag inflators,” “air bag modules,” and “seat belt pretensioners” (UN 0503 and UN 3268) and replacing them with “Safety devices, pyrotechnic” (UN 0503) and “Safety devices electrically initiated” (UN 3268).
- Amending the entry for Lithium metal batteries (UN 3090) to show “forbidden” across Columns I/J. UN3090 shipments are now restricted to Cargo Aircraft Only. This change does not affect UN 3091, lithium metal batteries packed with (or contained in) equipment.
- Changing the Proper Shipping Names for “blue,” “brown,” and “white” asbestos (UN 2212 and UN 2590).
Changes to IATA Special Provisions
IATA is making changes to a number of commonly used special provisions. These include:
- Assigning a new Special Provision A192 for materials such as Paint/Paint related material and Printing ink/Printing related material. The new SP allows shippers to use only the “related material” Proper Shipping Name on the Shipper’s Declaration when the standard entry substances and the “related material” entry substances are in the same package.
- Assigning new Special Provision A201 for Lithium metal batteries (UN 3090) to identify that these batteries may be carried on passenger aircraft subject to specific size and quantity limits.
Changes to IATA Classification Criteria
IATA is also making a number of changes to the classification and naming criteria for hazmat air shipments, including:
- Adding a statement to clarify that packing groups for materials and specific packaging performance level requirements are addressed in the applicable Packing Instruction (PI). (126.96.36.199)
- A reference for the conditions that apply to absorbed gases. (188.8.131.52)
Revised Packing Instructions for Lithium Batteries (Section 5)
IATA is revising a number of packing instructions, including those for lithium batteries. For a complete list of revised instructions, view the full IATA document here
- Clarifying PI 966 and PI 969 for lithium ion and lithium metal batteries packed with equipment.
- Updating PI 968 for Lithium metal batteries to identify them as for transport on Cargo Aircraft only.
Hazmat Marks and Labels (Section 7)
- For the 56th edition DGR, IATA clarifies the size and dimensions for all hazard and handling labels.
- Mandatory as of January 1, 2016, a new provision has been added which mandates a minimum size for lettering of the OVERPACK marking. (7.1.7)
Dangerous Goods Documentation [Section 8]
- Clarifying and updating the documentation requirements, including those for viscous flammable liquids (184.108.40.206.6) and lithium batteries prepared under Section IB of PI 965 and 968.
- Adding a new paragraph, 220.127.116.11, recommending shippers identify “not restricted” on the air way bill for non-DG packages bearing diamond-shaped GHS hazard communication labels.
56th Edition Now Available for Pre-Order
Hazmat air shippers can now pre-order the 56th edition IATA DGR at Lion.com. Shippers who order their copies before October 1 will receive free shipping to anywhere in the US. DGR pre-orders will begin shipping on November 1. Pre order your copy today to make sure your team has access to the rules they must follow in 2015 as soon as possible—don’t wait!